In a world where half the sky is without a voice, we need to move the conversation beyond giving women access to polio drops for their children or a job in a garment factory which is about to fall down anyway. We need to shift towards empowering women to lift themselves out of poverty and the best way to do that is to help them transition to a sustainable livelihood.
IIX's $20 million Women's Livelihood Bond (WLB) intends to do just that. Set to impact over half a million women across South East Asia, the WLB gives women access to skills, market, energy and capital required to change their own futures.
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The Women’s Livelihood Bond is the first of IIX’s Sustainability Bonds – a series of replicable innovative financial instruments that mobilise private capital for social venture development – set to raise S$20 million in capital for a pool of underlying issuers. These issuers are social enterprises and microfinance institutions (MFIs) focused on empowering women.